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September 2, 2016

SCTP and SASP Nationals in the News

The 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships, which were held in Marengo, Ohio, last month, continue to make the news across the country as word spreads of the youth shooters’ wins, awards and recognitions. See below for a few examples of our athletes in the news.

  • The SCTP Nationals was recently featured on Growingdeer.tv (10:23 mark). Dr. Grant Woods attended the Nationals with his two daughters who competed in the event. Results coverage is featured here (13:27 mark).
  • The Brandenton Herald recently featured a piece on the FishHawk Dynasty’s participation and title win during the 2016 Nationals.
  • The Jefferson Daily Union boasted of the Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club Youth Trap Team’s 19th place finish and numerous awards at the Nationals.
  • On Go545com, the Lake County Action Shooters offer a sincere “thank you” to Justin “Buffy” Brannan, the Carroll County Shooting Sports coach, who stepped up and offered to lend the team a competition trigger group when one of the team’s rifles experienced a significant trigger problem.
  • The Commercial Appeal and NSSF Bullet Points newsletter posted a piece about the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program’s shooters winning 100 individual and team awards and 23 national championships.
  • The Johnson City Press and WCYB.com both featured Unaka Shooters and siblings, Jacob and Sarah McInturff, from Johnson City, Tenn., who both took top honors, earning national championship wins in skeet shooting in their respective divisions.

Four Spots on the US National Junior Team Earned at SCTP “International” National Championships!

No storms, no hail and lots of sunshine prevailed for the SCTP’s International National Championships during which four spots on the USA National Junior Team were awarded.

The team welcomed two new faces, Wyatt Pursell (KS) and Josh Nelson (WI), who earned their spots in Skeet and Bunker Trap respectively, while Ryne Barfield (GA) and Aaron Wilson (KS) also renewed their spots on the team. Hank Garvey Jr’s position in Double Trap was uncontested, a spot that he secured earlier in the year.

With 30 teams from across the country representing 16 states and 101 athletes, Wisconsin lead the pack with 23 individual athletes in attendance.

The event ran smoothly and was finished off with an awards banquet held at the Double Tree resort also located in Colorado Springs.

The Championship event was immediately followed by a Junior Olympic Development Camp. Top athletes and coaches from around the country attended the week-long camp to learn the fundamentals of International shooting and coaching. Camp coaches in attendance were taught by some of the best in the country, including Terri DeWitt (lead coach), Connie Smotek, Joe Buffa and the legendary Lloyd Woodhouse, along with several summer resident athletes.


High Plains Drifters Win 2nd Place for Float in Colorado Parade

The High Plains Drifters were thrilled to win 2nd place for the float they entered in the Strasburg Hometown Days parade in Strasburg, Colorado.

“We wanted to attract some new shooters for the team and we figured a unique and successfully way to do that would be to enter a float in the parade,” Tim Wolfe, coach for the High Plains Drifters, said. “We wanted something out of the ordinary to show the public that there are young kids out there being responsible with guns and that they can create a positive team atmosphere around shooting activities. We came up with the concept of a skeet field because it would be very visual and would leave no doubt what one of the disciplines our youth shoot.”

More than 15 people worked on creating and building the float. During the parade, kids handed out candy, flyers and miniature frisbee’s ( looked like clays) with the team name on it.

“We received a multitude of compliments and comments on how wonderful it was to see the young kids be involved in such a great concept,” Wolfe said. “At the judging stand we even got a standing ovation from a large number of people.”

The float won 2nd place and was shown in two newspapers that reach the eastern section of Colorado.

NSSA/SSSF Unique Opportunity to Support Youth Shooting

Two years ago, National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA) member Charles Gates died leaving a wonderful legacy gift in his estate. Unbeknownst to either organization at the time, Mr. Gates had structured his estate to donate his prized Krieghoff shotgun collection to be sold and the proceeds to specifically support the youth shooting initiatives of both the NSSA and the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). While his estate benefited from the tax advantages of planned giving, his thoughtfulness also enabled him to further his passion to support youth shooting long after his passing.

At this time, one gun from Mr. Gates’ 10-gun collection remains to be sold. This is a highly engraved K-20 Majestic Grade, Serial #001149, with gold lions, engraved by renowned Krieghoff engraver Kathrin Nonn. It is a 20 gauge with 30” barrels, a #5 skeet stock and Schnable forearm. The selling price is $40,000.00 and pictures of the gun engraving pattern and Ms. Nonn can be viewed at Alamo Sporting Arms web site at www.alamosportingarms.com. This beautiful gun will also be on display during the upcoming World Skeet Championships and Sporting Clays Nationals at Alamo Sporting Arms at the NSC in San Antonio. Any questions about this K-20 maybe be directed to Pam Young at Alamo Sporting Arms at pam@alamosportingarms.com.

Louise Terry, SSSF Board Chairman and NSSA Past President comments: “This is a unique chance to own a special masterpiece while supporting the youth shooting programs of both SSSF’s SCTP program and the NSSA.  Both SSSF and NSSA are committed to teaching our young adults the attributes of good fellowship, good sportsmanship, and firearm safety thru our shotgun sports while reinforcing strong American family values. It is also a wonderful example of the power of planned giving which can benefit your personal estate as well as charitable 501©(3) organizations like SSSF and NSSA.” For more information on planned giving and other ways to give, please feel free to contact SSSF BOD member, Mark Wade at mwade@sssfonline.com  or SSSF Executive Director, Ben Berka, at bberka@sssfonline.com.

Thank you for helping us introduce and encourage many young adults who otherwise would not have a chance to know and enjoy these shooting sports we love.

SCTP National Banquet and Scholarship Fundraiser

Purchase tickets now to attend the SCTP National Banquet and Scholarship Fundraiser to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the Grapevine Concourse Event Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Attendees will get to enjoy good food, fellowship and the opportunity to bid on fantastic guns, gear and trips during the live and silent auction and to win prizes during the raffle.

Read MORE.

Scholastic Action Shooting Program Seeks Regional Representatives

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is seeking two highly motivated individuals to assume the role of Regional Field Representative (RFR) for the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).  The successful candidates will be responsible for recruiting, developing, motivating and supporting SASP volunteer leadership within the regional territory.

Job Description
Provide grassroots, locally-based team and program development and support in assigned territory by interacting with existing and prospective SASP state advisors, coaches and adult volunteers to assist them in setting up new teams and growing teams already in the program.  Cross promote other SSSF programs such as the SCTP when/where possible.

Seek and develop leads and accurately represent SSSF programs to local shooting facilities, school systems, government organizations, and other youth organizations, providing them with information on the benefits of membership in SASP/SCTP.  Recruit, develop, motivate and support state advisors who represent the SASP in states in assigned territory.

To learn more, click HERE.

NSSA Searching for New Skeet Director

The National Skeet Shooting Association is now accepting applications for the position of Director of Skeet, to be located in San Antonio, Texas.

Candidates must possess an in-depth knowledge of skeet shooting, including hosting and operating registered shoots, budgeting, programs, announcements, NSSA Bylaws, rule formulation, and voting procedures. Candidates must be able to coordinate with Committees, act as directed by the Executive Director and Executive Committee, and supervise a staff. The Skeet Director must determine trends, statistics and other factors affecting the National Skeet Shooting Association and report periodically, making recommendations and implementing solutions. The Skeet Director is the primary contact with the 20,000 NSSA members and 600 club and member organizations. All prospective candidates must possess effective verbal and written communicative skills and basic computer knowledge.

To learn more, click here.

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